The info session

Please enjoy this kitten.
Please enjoy this kitten.

I had the U of M info session this morning for the M.Ed in English Education. I have so much information that something is going to have to bail out to make room. Anna, if you’re reading this, I won’t be reminding you of Dad’s birthday in the future. Get a calendar like the rest of us.

First of all, the school requires 100 hours of observation in a public school classroom in your field of study before you start the program. That’s what that requirement is about. That’s a lot of hours, but it’s supposed to help people know that they want to be teachers before they get too far into the program. It’s really being a classroom volunteer, but slightly more structured. Completely reasonable and a very good idea. In January I’ll start looking for a teacher or school to connect with.

The idea of not starting until June 2014 seems much more reasonable to me now. I’m going to have a few prereqs to make up, mostly communications and other crap I should have take when I was dicking around with Chinese as an undergrad. (No regrets, I swear.)

I’m also signed up for the info session for ESL Education, which is next Tuesday. The advisor (who is great) is the same for both programs. She gave me the folder of information and said I can come if I want, but a lot of the information would be repeated.

I think I’d like to do both English and ESL. I’m thinking I should do ESL first because there’s more demand for ESL teachers and more grant money available. Then I can come back and add the English later. I’m more passionate about English, and all things being equal I’d do that first. But all things are not equal, and I have to get a job with better income potential.

I could also do ESL and Spanish at the same time. The advisor said that the requirement is “low proficiency.” Not totally sure what that means. My aunt had told me I probably know enough Spanish to teach middle school. She might be right. Or she might be confusing me with my sister.

I do think I want to attend U of M. Everything about the program just seems really well thought out, and the quality of education seems excellent. I know that U of MN graduates are in high demand, too. They accept about 30 students per session, which is small, but not tiny.

I am looking at St. Cloud State’s ESL program, which is entirely online. That’s good in some ways, but I don’t know if I’d get as much out of the program. Maybe that can be my backup if I don’t get U of M. I don’t know. I need to sit with this information for a little while.

Hamline is also an option, but I’ve barely looked at them. MSU-Mankato has a program where class is only Tuesdays 5-9, so I wouldn’t have to relocate. I would probably need another car, though, which is less than optimal. So much to think about.


2 thoughts on “The info session

    • That’s interesting! 20% is a lot–almost 1/5!

      I don’t know if ESL teachers have to have the language of the students they’re teaching. I’m sure it’s helpful, but unfortunately, the prevalent languages of immigrants in this area are not widely spoken worldwide. It’s about 13 million for Somali, 4 million for Hmong, 30 million for Oromo (that’s actually more Oromo than I expected). And of course, if I ended up going elsewhere to teach (which I may if I can get loan forgiveness) that doesn’t have the same population demos, it might be kind of silly.

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